Winter Weather Advisory issued ahead of region's first possible snowfall

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All eyes are to our south and west as moisture continues to fall as rain, and even snow for parts of the South.

A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for southern Western North Carolina counties and parts of the Upstate ahead of the possible wintry weather. It will remain in effect from 5 a.m. Friday until 7 a.m. Saturday.

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Computer models still indicate this moisture will begin to creep northward overnight Thursday as an area of upper-level energy swings east of the Rockies.

With cold air in place, expect snow to become more likely into Friday, with the brunt of the accumulation occurring during the daylight hours.

Snow will begin to taper Friday evening, with accumulations ranging from as little as a dusting in some places, to as much as 2 inches in others, especially higher elevations south of I-40.

Temperatures will hold in the 30s on Friday for much of the region, with 40s expected south into the Upstate, where a wintry mix of rain and snow will occur with little if any accumulation.

Saturday brings drier weather to the region, with the exception of some snow showers developing over the Tennessee border by evening.

These snow showers likely continue into Sunday, bringing light snowfall accumulations (1 to 3") to elevations above 3,500 feet along the TN/NC state line.

A reinforcing shot of cold air arrives Sunday. Yet another one comes by Tuesday of next week.

Some snow showers may return to the mountains Saturday into Sunday, but locations along the Tennessee border will be favored for any accumulation.

Here's the timeline of what to expect:

  • Thursday night: Mixed precipitation turning to snow in areas that drop below freezing.
  • Friday into early Saturday: Snow showers possible
  • Saturday night into Sunday morning: Light high elevation snow showers possible.